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Child-care cuts smaller, advocates still fight
A budget passed by the Illinois Senate would cut child care subsidies by $1.6 million compared to last fiscal year – smaller than the $6 million cut that was previously proposed – but advocates are still fighting for more funding.
On Thursday, parents, children, and members of the group Pilsen Neighbors held a press conference at Pilsen’s Plaza Tenochtitlan to demand a neighborhood meeting with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn about the cuts.
“I can go study and work knowing that my children are in a safe place,” said Odette Ojeda, a parent at Chicago Commons Guadalupano Family Center who graduated from Curie High School in 1998. “Once I got divorced, the program gave me support to take care of my kids.”
Because of available child care, Ojeda says she is on track to finish her associate’s degree at the end of the summer. After that, she hopes to study bilingual education – maybe at National-Louis University – and become a CPS teacher.
Even more cuts are on the table in the House budget bill, introduced today, which would cut the Early Childhood Block Grant by $25 million.
The Senate budget, on the other hand, would:
*Fund the Early Childhood Block Grant at the same level as this fiscal year (Quinn had originally proposed a $20 million funding increase.)
*Maintain funding for home visiting programs.
*Reduce Early Intervention funding by $1.4 million.